The Canadian Peony Society 2019 Peony of the Year: Coral Sunset

The Canadian Peony Society 2019 Peony of the Year: Coral Sunset. Photo © Carol Adelman

“The most spectacular coral flower, so far, in the realm of peonies. This vigorous plant has intense, deep coral flowers that mature to an elegant ivory. The changing color tones flow so well that it is a delight to behold in its metamorphoses. Would that even a handful of summer sunsets were equal to this peony’s bloom. The petals have ruffled edges that increase the flower fullness. Holding its flowers closer to the foliage than ‘Coral Charm’ helps it to stand more upright. Usually there is only one bud per stem, but sometimes a side bud appears.” – Adelman, C, Michener,D Peony The Best Varieties for Your Garden (2017) page 94. Photo courtesy of Carol Adelman.











What’s Happening

Daniel Lessard

Daniel Lessard, one of our Canadian Peony Society Members is now a Member of the Order of Canada (2018). Received for his analysis and popularization of Canadian politics and for his literary achievements, the Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Presented by the Governor General, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities. He has done a lot of volunteer work for the Canadian Peony Society in the past.
Daniel Lessard crédit Christine Thibault
Daniel Lessard, l’un des membres de notre société canadienne de pivoine, est maintenant membre de l’Ordre du Canada (2018). Daniel a reçu cette distinction honorifique pour son analyse et sa vulgarisation de la politique canadienne et pour ses réalisations littéraires. L’Ordre du Canada est l’un des plus grands honneurs de notre pays. Présenté par la gouverneure générale, l’Ordre rend hommage aux personnes dont le service façonne notre société, dont les innovations enflamment notre imagination et dont la compassion unit nos communautés. Il a beaucoup travaillé comme bénévole pour la Société canadienne de pivoine dans le passé.

2019 CPS Peony Festival Trophies And Awards

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Coming Events

2020 National Peony Show

June 19 -20, 2020
Regina, Saskatchewan

Watch for more details coming soon!

About The Canadian Peony Society

Where We Started

The Canadian Peony Society was formed in January 1998. It was founded by John Simkins, a remarkable individual who specialized in peonies. He grew about 1200 of them around his home.


There are currently over 300 members (from Newfoundland to British Columbia) in the Society; membership is open to anyone with an interest in peonies. We are always looking for new members! Click here for more information.


The Society’s activities include plant sales; a seed exchange; an annual national peony show along with regional shows sponsored by CPS; and periodic email bulletins. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Our Mission

To promote the growing, improving and use of peonies in the garden and for home decoration; to encourage peony breeding to produce distinctly Canadian peony hybrids; to locate and record locally bred peonies, and produce a national registry of collections and their location; and, to sponsor an annual peony show and encourage regional shows.

Interesting Facts about Peonies


Peonies are long-lived (over 50 years) and very hardy (to USDA zone 2)


Peonies are drought tolerant, low maintenance and are deer-resistant.


Peonies have been cultivated for more than 2000 years as medicinal and ornamental plants.


Flowers come in a range of colours, including yellow, coral, peach and lavender, in addition to white, blush, pink, magenta, and red.


Blooms may be single, semi-double, double, anemone, or Japanese in form and their scent can be classified as rose, lemon, honey, or musk.

What is a Peony?

pe·o·ny (pēˈənē) (pronounced pee-uh-nee) any plant of the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae, mostly Eurasian species popular as garden and florists’ flowers. Herbaceous peonies (most varieties of P. lactiflora)—formerly and still sometimes called piney—are hardy, bushy perennials that die back each year. Large, usually spring-blooming, single, semi-double or double flowers commonly range in shades from red to white.

Tree peonies (P. suffruticosa) have a somewhat woody, persistent base and are usually taller than the herbaceous, with more abundant and larger blossoms. Both herbaceous and tree are very long-lived. Both kinds of peony have long been venerated in their native China and Japan. The peony was formerly regarded as both ornamental and medicinal—the roots were used to prevent convulsions. P. brownii is a species of small peony, not horticulturally important, that is native to the West Coast of North America.

Get In Touch

We’d Love to Hear From You

Who We Are

We are a Society dedicated to the growth and development of Peonies. We are always looking for new members and enthusiasts to join the Society, so join us and come and share your passion!

Recent Updates

Are you attending the 2019 National Peony Show & Canadian Peony Society AGM on June 20th to 23rd in Castlegar, BC? See our Events page for more information

Contact Info

Canadian Peony Society
424 Godolphin Rd.
Warkworth, ON K0K 3K0